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Fair Treatment for Sussex Associate Tutors

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Associate tutors are vital to the delivery of undergraduate teaching in the Humanities, Soc-Cul and the Sussex Institute. Management treatment of ATs over the past eleven months has failed to reflect the central role they play in the delivery of undergraduate teaching. We note that in a time in which more money is flowing in to higher education and when students are paying more than ever for their education, management has seen fit to cut the pay of many of the lowest paid tutors at Sussex University. Many tutors now effectively work below the minimum wage. We find the position of management to date to be unacceptable and incompatible with the maintenance of the high quality university-level teaching which associate tutors routinely provide. We demand: 1) Associate tutors should receive fair pay for the work that they undertake. This means that the University should cease localised employment practices and ensure that the principle of equal pay for work of equal value is adhered to. 2) Associate tutors should receive proper contracts which outline their roles and responsibilities in a transparent manner. This should mean an end to 'zero hour' contracts. 3) The University should develop a clear and transparent policy of deployment and career development for ATs within the teaching and learning strategy of the University. 4) Associate tutors should be properly consulted over changes in their pay, working conditions and contractual obligations prior to any changes taking place.

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